Sunday, 25 October 2015

Better late than never.

Zomtober 2015 - post#7
And relax!  The half term break couldn't have come quickly enough, but having safely arrived it has given me the opportunity to finish off this fabulous sculpt, a survivor this week.  The 'Fat Veteran' is from 'Black Cat Bases' and I am thrilled to see him here.   
This gun toting, cigar chewing veteran was part of an order that was made back in March 2014.  I had heard rumour that things were not great over at 'Black Cat Bases' due to severe family health issues, but felt reassured by the fact that their website was showing monthly updates and so went ahead with order and waited... and waited... and waited.  Nothing happened, I sent emails, but no response, all the time the website continued to show updates enticing new customers in.  I eventually gave in, mine wasn't the largest order in the world, but it wasn't the smallest either and I felt that the feeling of continued frustration simply wasn't worth - there was something obviously very wrong.  Imagine my surprise when my completed order suddenly arrived in September of this year; over a year and half later!  I immediately wrote to thank the company and to apologise if my frustration had spilled over into my email correspondence with - I was reassured to hear that it hadn't.  By its very nature nobody knows when a family crisis will beset us, but honouring an order eighteen months later displays considerable courage and dedication in my boot, well done 'Black Cat Bases' and I hope you have calmer waters to navigate now.
Back to the miniature, who is a wonderfully characterful sculpt, a little on the large side but hugely enjoyable to paint.  I couldn't resist having some fun with the dressing gown and some dribbling tobacco stains down his shirt.  I have become rather fond of him, perhaps due to our shared economy of hair growth and overhanging girth, after all come the zombie apocalypse who's going to care if you go out in your flip flops and dressing gown?

So officially this weekend marks the end of 'Zomtober', but I'm going to keep on painting and finish off one final miniature, presenting a group shot on all Hallows' eve.  Finally then, a quick reminder that 'Dinovember' is almost upon us, an opportunity for some self indulgent nonsense in my birthday month, after all,
  "Everything is better with Dinosaurs".



43 comments:

  1. Awesome!
    you made a great job with his dressing gown!

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  2. Corking stuff Michael, and that dressing gown is simply superb. Glad to see someone else will be taking Zomtober down to the very wire and I'm looking forward to your group shot :-)

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  3. He´s great..Looks like he came out of the Cockneys vs Zombies film

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  4. Great stuff. Impressive stuff honouring an order that old as well. Hats off to them.

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  5. Excellent work, especially o the patterning. :)

    Great stuff. :)

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  6. That is impressive! Great work!

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  7. He has some real attitude to be sure. Lovely work sir!

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  8. This scoundrel is gorgeous...fantastic job as always Michael!

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  9. Brilliant job and worth the wait I think

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  10. Lovely work Sir Michael! He reminds me of the crazy veteran in the excellent french zombie movie "La Horde". He too, totes a belt fed machinegun.
    The dressing gown is fantastic as are his grubby undergarments!

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  11. Excellent work Lord Michael :)

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  12. That is the kind of figure that we would all like to have painted. Cracking stuff mate.

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  13. Ha ha! Love this old guy! Great job. And he is now my new favorite Awdry Zed survivor character.

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  14. What a great look chap that is full of character and brought to life with your great painting skill Michael

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  15. Two points:

    1) Everything is definitely better with dinosaurs.
    2) Your MG toting veteran looks fantastic. Great job.

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  16. Impressive work on such a character-ful fig. The pattern is lovely.

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  17. If there was ever a miniature worth a wait that long its this one! Who said the zombie apocalypse can't be comfortable? The bathrobe is Ace!

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  18. Excellent work once again Michael..when I first looked at him, the first name to pop into my head was Winston...you know the Surname that would follow of course. Grats on completing another Zomtober!

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  19. What a great looking figure, full of character. love the dressing gown. Well done Sir!

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  20. Excellent work Michael especially after such a long time!

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  21. Nice model of a guy who's let himself go a bit. Is that a shirt that's too large or a dressing gown that's too short? Either way, it's finished very well indeed.

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  22. Excellent work, Mr Awdry, and well worth the wait!

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  23. Excellent looking figure, will keep an eye out for the Dino's

    Ian

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  24. Fantastic work on him. I love the face, brilliant paintwork

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  25. Brilliant work as always, Michael! Given the outfit and armament, it would suggest that this is one of our American cousins and he does remind me of an American comic actor whose names escapes me. Good to hear Black Cat, like their namesake, have landed back on their feet, as there are quite a few of their miniatures that I need.

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  26. Another great submission full of character!

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  27. Very nice! reminds me of Earnest Borgnine (probably spelt wrong).

    Cheers Roger.

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  28. He looks great Michael! Lots of character in this guy.

    Christopher

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  29. A very repugnant fat veteran!

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  30. Your fabric works of late are truly very impressive!

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  31. Very colorful character. Nice skin tones and his clothes looks great. :)

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  32. Cool model and superb painting!

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  33. Wonderful work on the gown, indeed!
    It's an appropriate end for Zomtober and I'm really looking forward to Dinovember. :-)

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  34. You definitely have a knack for digging up these weird and wonderful sculpts! And your paintjob really does it justice once again.

    I hadn't realized that Black Cat Bases had so huge issues. One clubmate had to wait about 4 months for his, but 18 months is already ridiculous. Well at least you received your items.

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  35. Stunning! You've delivered a masterpiece Mr. Awdry. Especially his bathrobe adds so much character to this figure.
    To be honest though I'd have given a f**k to Black Cat. It's one thing to have family problems but all the while updating the website instead of writing a disclaimer to inform customers of problems, that's a no go in my opinion. Glad you recieved your stuff though.

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  36. The plump war hero's bathrobe is amazing.

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  37. Dinovember is coming!!!! I'm your biggest fan and even though I won't be reading many blogs, I'll bloody well make time for your Dino's.

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  38. You have infused a lot of character into the mini's face via your painting. Fine detail work on the flannel shirt too. All in all, fantastic stuff.

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  39. Nice! I wasn't keen on seeing the figure on the website but your paintjob has made it look great!

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  40. Brilliant - the details you've added really make it! The stains, the patterning - great work.

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